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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Aug 5, 2013 10:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your Sunshine Daydream reviews

Yes, it's very sad for the future of young people in my city. I'm saying the food scene in Fort Collins is just like the food scene where you are: "Game Over!"

And I'm saying Fort Collins is Disneyland on steroids!

I'm saying our Chief of Police should visually epitomize what a healthy and vigorous place Fort Collins is being cranked up to be. Fort Collins's [healthiest City in America] claims are what our business leaders and city staff are stating 24-7-365 in the media. I'd like to know why the FCPD Chief is such an unhealthy-looking pudge? What kind of [un]healthy message does this send to other cops, or to our citizens? His photo is rarely, if ever, published. Why? [pudge is duplicitous?]

I'm saying it's nothing but propaganda and brain-washing here 24-7-365. There is no "independent reporting" of news here. The Coloradoan is our local newspaper in Fort Collins. It's owned by Gannett. Gannett Company owns over 90 daily newspapers, and nearly 1,000 weekly newspapers. USA Today is the number one media property owned by Gannett. Up until recently, Gannett also owned 23 TV stations - including KUSA-TV in Denver (channel 9). Gannett just completed a merger deal with television operator Belo Corporation. Now Gannett owns 43 TV stations! Gannett’s new broadcast segment will have greater geographic and revenue diversity, with 21 stations in the top 25 markets, and will become the #1 CBS affiliate group, the #4 ABC affiliate group, and will expand its already #1 NBC affiliate group position. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2013 and will be subject to antitrust approval.

I'm saying last August 2012, the Fort Collins City Council and Mayor voted unanimously to give Avago a $4.5 million tax incentive package to expand their facility in Fort Collins.
Fort Collins Tax Incentives proposed to Avago were $4.5 million. This PDF file is for the August 21, 2012 Agenda Item Summary details for Fort Collins City Council. It contains the following information:

STAFF RECOMMENDATION was
"Staff recommends adoption of this Resolution."

BOARD / COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION was
"Negotiations of the planned Avago Technologies expansion and related Business Investment Agreement were conducted confidentially."

PUBLIC OUTREACH was
"Negotiations of the planned Avago Technologies expansion and related Business Assistance package were conducted confidentially."
The Larimer County Commissioners also voted unanimously to give Avago another $500 thousand for their expansion. No one but me is reporting about this in any investigative way, shape or form.

What I can report to you is that right now we know Avago makes three power amplifier components for the iPad 3, and one for the iPhone 5. So we're talking about production levels of these power amplifier components - manufactured in the Avago facility in Fort Collins - already being on the order of tens of millions, before this tax incentive package was floated by the city of Fort Collins.

Hock Tan is Avago's CEO and president. On Aug 17, 2012, Avago held its public teleconference about Q3 profits. That's when Hock Tan reported, "Revenue from our industrial and consumer target markets were a little stronger than we expected. And for the last two quarters, we've disclosed that Foxconn was at greater than 10%, and that continued to be one again this quarter." See page 3 of the Avago Technologies Ltd Q3 2012 Earnings Call searchable transcript. This information was available when Fort Collins and Larimer County leaders cast their disgusting votes to give Avago $5 million paid for by taxpayers! Why does it matter?

Approximately twenty Foxconn workers have committed suicide at work due to enormous pressure, long hours, and squalid living conditions where they work. They were leaping to their deaths from Foxconn building rooftops. This has been reported by the mainstream press. Foxconn and Apple addressed this issue by installing anti-suicide safety nets around the buildings at every Foxconn facility.

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Foxconn pays their workers slave wages. They often 16 hours per day, six days per week. They live in squalid dormitories on-campus, often in dismal conditions. They are working in very stressful working conditions. There is extraordinary pressure to produce high volumes of units with zero defects, doing the same tasks over and over for long periods of time, treating their workers like animals.

While all this is going on, the City of Fort Collins is also directing City staff to create and promote Apps that run on these devices manufactured by Apple's slave workers. Isn't it also true that more Taxpayer money goes into 401k investment plans for Mutual Funds - holding shares of Apple's stock - for City employees' retirement plans? And now you are asking us to pay another $4.5 million for a tax break for Avago.

These comments were made in writing by me to all the Fort Collins City Council-persons, the Mayor, and the City Manager. None of it has ever been publicly discussed or reported in Fort Collins, except by me. Today is the first time I'm publishing these Fort Collins facts in a Public Forum. Recently I published this Homeless in Silicon Valley movie essay on The Archive.

And, notlhing has changed! It appears to me things are only getting worse! It's not just Apple using slave workers. Microsoft X-box components, and Dell, Sony, Nokia, and many other a/v and portable devices are made this way.

China Labor Watch said it found violations of the law and of Apple's pledges about working conditions at factories operated by Pegatron Corp., a Taiwanese company.

Conditions in Chinese factories that produce iPhones and other popular Apple products have been under scrutiny following complaints about labor and environmental violations by a different supplier, Taiwan's Foxconn, a unit of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.

Apple said in a statement it was "committed to providing safe and fair working conditions" and would investigate the claims about Pegatron. The Taiwanese company's chief executive, in a separate statement, also promised to investigate.

Apple Corporation is 'among largest tax avoiders in USA' according to a US Senate committee. The Senate committee said Apple had used "a complex web of offshore entities" to avoid paying billions of dollars in US income taxes.

"Apple Inc established an offshore subsidiary, Apple Operations International, which from 2009 to 2012 reported net income of $30bn, but declined to declare any tax residence, filed no corporate income tax return and paid no corporate income taxes to any national government for five years."

Irish-based Apples Sales International generated around $74bn (£48.5bn) in profits but "may have paid little or no income taxes to any national government on the vast bulk of those funds".

According to the senators on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Apple transferred offshore into low-tax countries the economic rights to its intellectual property - its valuable and usually patentable knowhow - with the result that it avoided around $10bn (£6.5bn) of US tax every year (what the senators characterise as $44bn, or £29bn, of US tax avoidance over the past four years).

What is the point of all this? Well the senators point out that Apple has continued to accumulate vast amounts of cash in places other than the US, and those cash holdings now exceed an eye-popping $102bn (£67bn).

Why does any of this matter?

Well it is part of a broad trend of multinationals paying a much smaller proportion of public sector costs in all the world's developed economies.

In the US, for example, corporate tax generated 32.1% of all federal taxes in 1952. Today that proportion has fallen to a puny 8.9%. American Workers are Occupied!

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 5, 2013 11:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Your Sunshine Daydream reviews

Who made the computer you are venting your spleen with?????